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A jolt of fear from viewing frightening or devastating images reinforces memory, but pleasant ones don’t have the same effect.

While it may be counterintuitive, a new study finds viewing emotion-laden pictures immediately after taking a test actually enhances retention of the tested material.

“Memory is labile and dynamic—after you retrieve something, you’re still engaged in processing that information in some way,” says Bridgid Finn, postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Washington University in St. Louis.

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